Kampong Bugis

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  • Day42


    November 3, 2014 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    God, big cities are exhausting. And fun! Singapore sure is both. After our day at the zoo we went to explore the city itself. Little India, the Muslim Quarter, the Colonial Quarter, the CBD, Marina Bay, Gardens by the bay and Chinatown we did on Saturday. Quite a walk. We were impressed by the last one, one of the nicest Chinatown we've ever seen: of course there were dozens of shops as usually in cute, well kept streets with nice small houses. There was one central place where people were dancing some known choregraphy.

    The bay is definitely better at night although already quite cool during the day. On the evening we saw a sound and light show (projection on a fountain/wall of water) in front of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, that was impressive!

    On Sunday we climbed the highest mountain in the state of Singapore. Towering at 116m above sea level sits Mt. Faber. But we didn't hesitate and started the tiring hike to the mountaintop which took us a whole 20 minutes!!! We continued along walkways called the Southern Ridges. Both the mountain and the Ridges offer unique views on the city and Sentosa Island south of Singapore. Very nice.

    After being in a 12 people shared room, we decided to treat ourselves with a very good hotel (but still not the Marina Bay Sands) for the last night.

    Unfortunately, the restaurants that we had checked on Saturday and planned on going to the next day were closed on Sunday, so good restaurant will be for Vietnam...
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  • Day3

    2 Kms but it took all day

    November 19, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    ‘We can walk’ I announced brightly at breakfast and so we did. Granted we had to get to the start of the walking tour and we got lost but that 2 km route took us 5 hours! But we had a great day. Our destination was the Gardens by the Bay.

    Brian and I were not sure about doing this but what a great experience. The gardens include two domes, one for flowers and one called the cloud dome. Both had beautiful plants, interesting displays and were fascinating. Getting there and home, we walked the circumference of the bay, walked through the Marina Bay Sands hotel ( the one with he roof that looks like a ship ) and stopped at The Fullerton for a (very expensive) Singapore Sling. Then a cab home for a nap.
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  • Day6

    Cruising down the river

    November 22, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We returned to the hotel for a 2 hour rest then took the MRT to Clarke’s Quay for the river cruise. The sun came out and it was a lovely, leisurely trip to the bay and back with a running commentary about the city. Afterwards, we strolled along the river walk to look for a place to eat dinner. We chose a Thai restaurant and the food was quite good. The free Tiger beer went down quickly and a second round was had by all.
    The sun set as we made our way back to the bay to see the light show at 8 p.m. It was a bit anticlimactic (Disney has nothing to worry about) and we were glad we hadn’t spent the big bucks for the Light and Laser show option with the cruise.
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  • Day82

    Singapore, the pod hostel

    January 18, 2017 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Mir hend de Wäg i oises originelle pod hostel gfunde :) s het sich usegstellt dases en riesige chüelschrank isch und somit hemmer mit chappä und schaal gschlaafe 😅
    S Quartierli rundume isch uu herzig gsi und mir hend aagfange d Stadt echli erkunde.


    We found our way to The Pod Hostel! It's a very nice idea, but the room was so cold, we had to sleep with a scarf and beanie 😅
    The district around the hostel was very cute and had nice restaurants and street art.
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  • Day3

    What is an island, a country, a city?

    November 19, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    It’s Singapore, of course! Our trip was a series of firsts; first time on Cathay Pacific (very nice); first time leaving at 1:20 a.m.; first time getting hit on the head by a suitcase (Brian and he’s ok); first time in Singapore and finally, first time at the ParkRoyal on Beach Road. It was warm and humid when we landed. The hotel is contemporary and very nice. The staff are fantastic. We splurged for the concierge level and already they are using our names when they see us.

    After unpacking and having a shower, we went for a brief walk to stay awake. We are on the edge of the Arab district, Kampung Glam. As we wandered, we came upon a wedding procession. The Malasian bride was beautifhul. A long sleeved, high necked white wedding dress. They were followed into the reception by a percussion band and the wedding party, much to the delight of all of the tourists.

    Returning to the hotel, we had a light dinner in the lounge. Then Melatonin and straight to bed.
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  • Day4

    Civic District and National Museum

    November 20, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We are sitting beside the pool after another hot day of walking. Our hotel is on the edge of the Arab Quarter so around 4:00 each day, we hear the call to prayer.

    Today we took a cab to St Andrews Cathedral to start our self-guided walking tour of the Civic District. St Andrews is plain by most cathedral standards. It’s white walls are coated in a mixture of egg white, egg shells, coconut husk and plaster. It fits into this district where many of the buildings are of the colonial look favoredby the British. Next to the church are the originall court house and the original city hall. They are beautiful granite buildings in a neoclassic style. They now are joined together as the National Gallery. Our guidebook told us of a free observation deck in the New Supreme Court building so we headed there next. It did provide a nice view of the area but unfortunately, photos were forbidden.

    After a brief stop at the spot where Stamford Raffles made his original landing, thereby changing Singapore’s future, we walked up Fort Canning Hill. This is a high point where a fortress and governor’s mansion was built, overlooking the port area. But many of the historic sites were being renovated so it was a lot of stairs for nothing.

    We had some time before lunch and chose to use it for the National Museum. The museum has a very good exhibit on the history of Singapore (short version: it kept getting invaded by a variety of neighbors because of its strategic value) culminating in the invasion by the Japanese in 1942. The island was captured in 7 days. After the end of the war, Singapore joined with Malaysia for 2 years before becoming an independent country.

    On to lunch at Chijmes, a renovated convent which houses dozens of restaurants. We ate at New Ubin Seafood, having noodles, chicken satay, chicken wings and salted caramel ice cream.

    Across the street was Raffles Hotel which is undergoing an extensive renovation. Only the famous Long Bar is open (it struck us all as not particularly long). We chose not to have a $35 Singapore Sling and headed home for a rest before the Night Safari at the zoo.

    Later....the Night Safari, while an interesting idea, was disappointing. For Christine especially, the animals were hard to see. The “show” was much like that at other zoos. Oh well, live and learn!
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  • Day5

    Peanut pancakes in Chinatown

    November 21, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Today we did a half day walking tour of Chinatown offered by The Original Singapore Walks with Poh, a wonderful guide. She grew up in Chinatown and was generous in sharing her own history as well of the Malay and Chinese cultural history. Singapore has a majority Chinese population so really the whole city is a Chinatown.

    Unlike other Chinatowns we have been to, Singapore has designated its ‘shop houses’ as historical buildings. If an owner changes the exterior, it must be changed back to its traditional look before being sold. Whole streets are preserved to look as they did in the late 1800s. Highlights of the day were tasting peanut pancakes (delicious), visiting a traditional medicine shop and touring the Chinese Heritage Centre. The Centre is a re-creation of the harsh living conditions of the Chinese economic migrants. Small rooms (about 8’ x 10’) housed families of 6-8 people and also functioned as places of business. Cooking was in a communal kitchen shared by 4 or more families. Fascinating.

    We walked along the street which had been the original shore line, Telok Ayer Street. Singapore has reclaimed blocks of land and continues to do so. We visited the Temple of Heavenly Happiness which includes Taoist and Confucius deities. The temple was built without the use of nails. Much of the paintwork has been restored. Poh shared with us the importance of bats in Chinese culture (they are seen as bringing good fortune). The word for bat is very similar to the word for good fortune and are seen as a sign of long life.

    After a break for coffee we stopped at the Lee clan house. The clan house functions as a social club but originally helped newcomers (who shared the same name) to find accommodation and work.

    At the market, we eyed the frogs, eels and turtles destined for a cook’s kitchen. At the traditional medical clinic, Brian and I bought a ‘balm’ for our sore backs and knees and Wendy bought 7 Flower tea to rejuvenate!

    Poh recommended Lamb Noodles for lunch and we had a delicious lunch of hand worked noodles and dumplings. Delicious!

    A very satisfying day; back to the hotel fora much needed break.
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  • Day6

    1 city, 2 worlds

    November 22, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    Today we visited the Little India neighbourhood and Orchard Road, the high end shopping street. What a contrast,

    Little India was our least favourite experience, so far. Unlike the rest of Singapore, it seemed more rundown, with the first garbage we have seen on the streets. It did not help that most of the stores were just starting to open at 10:00 a.m. and we could not go into the mosques as we had shorts on. But we visited one Hindu temple before heading off to Orchard Road.

    Today was also our first trip on the subway. Not surprisingly it was clean, fast and efficient. Lunch was at Food Republic, a food court in one of the malls. While we were eating, there was a rain storm complete with thunder and lightening, our first day-time rain in Singapore. We all had some variation on chicken and rice; all cheap and delicious.

    We took pictures of 2 fun signs, one construction ‘worker’ and one that sums up Christine’s thoughts about golf.
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  • Day284

    Singapore Flyer

    June 22, 2017 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Größtes Riesenrad Asiens und zweitgrößtes der Welt!

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